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Listener No 4423: A Bit Up in the Air by Phi

Posted on 25 November 2016

Buried Treasure: Postscript SCENE: The Editor’s office, less than a week ago. There is a desk in the centre of the room. There is an in-tray on the desk. It has a habit of disappearing, but is currently just empty. There is a clock on the wall. It reads 11:00. There are two chairs: a […]

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A Bit Up in the Air by Phi

Posted on 25 November 2016

Phi? We thoroughly enjoyed his last one, ‘Off We Go’ where the players left the stage one by one to leave just Haydn in the finale of his Farewell Symphony. I wonder whether we will have a musical theme again (we know that Phi compiles the crossword for BBC Music and, indeed, that a 20th […]

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Off We Go with Phi

Posted on 2 January 2015

A mildly daunting preamble as we are told that there are going to be five misprints and that we will also encounter clues where we have to remove two or three letters ‘always leaving words or abbreviations, but generally leading to a loss of surface sense‘. (The italics are mine!) We have to complete the […]

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Listener No 4324: Off We Go by Phi

Posted on 2 January 2015

Another puzzle from one of the crossword world’s most prolific setters, although I can’t believe it’s over three years since his last Listener outing. Back in 2011, we had a trip to Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast Castle. This week… well who knows what lay ahead, but five misprint corrections needed identifying, followed by strings of letters […]

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